Two elusive compilations of Devo juvenilia are set to get a full vinyl and CD reissue. 

Hardcore Vol. 1 and Hardcore Vol. 2 collect a rash of demos recorded in 1974-77, prior to the release of the band’s 1978 debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!.  The recordings were laid down on four-track equipment in various studios, garages and basements across Ohio, and shows the band’s “devolved blues” beginning to crystallise. Originally issued on Rykodisc in 1990 and 1991 respectively, both albums have been out of print for decades.

As Exclaim report, Superior Viaduct will team up with Devo’s own Booji Boy Records imprint to give both albums a full reissue. Moshe Brakha’s lurid cover art will also be splashed over the CD and vinyl editions. Volume 1 is the briefer of the two, running to 15 tracks and featuring familiar friends (including their angular cover of the Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’) and relative rarities. Volume 2, meanwhile, will arrive as a 2xLP set, with four previously unreleased rarities – ‘Hubert House’, ‘Shimmy Shake’, ‘Man From The Past’ and ‘Doghouse Doghouse’ – bolted on for the occasion.

Hardcore Vol. 1 and Hardcore Vol. 2 will both see release on May 14. A 2xCD package is expected to follow in Summer 2013.

Hardcore Vol. 1.:
1. Mechanical Man
2. Auto Modown
3. Space Girl Blues
4. Social Fools
5. Soo Bawls
6. Satisfaction
7. Jocko Homo
8. Golden Energy
9. Buttered Beauties
10. Midget
11. I’m A Potato
12. Uglatto
13. Stop Look And Listen
14. Ono
15. Mongoloid

Hardcore Vol. 2:
1. Booji Boy’s Funeral
2. Can U Take It?
3. Bamboo Bimbo
4. A Plan For U
5. The Rope Song
6. Goo Goo Itch
7. Be Stiff
8. All Of Us
9. Baby Talkin’ Bitches
10. I Need A Chick
11. U Got Me Bugged
12. Chango
13. Fraulein
14. Dogs Of Democracy
15. “37”
16. Bottled Up
17. Working In A Coalmine
18. I Been Refused
19. Fountain Of Filth
20. Clockout
21. Let’s Go
22. Man From The Past
23. Doghouse Doghouse
24. Hubert House
25. Shimmy Shake



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